Samples Collection: A total of 194 samples of nasal discharge were collected using sterile cotton swabs, and 56 pus samples from affected sub-mandibular lymph nodes were collected aseptically using sterile disposable syringes, from clinically strangles affected animals.
The highest prevalence of strangles was recorded in horses less than 2 years as compared to those having age more than 2 years.
equi infections of the upper respiratory tract and lymph nodes (strangles) in horses to be 47.5% for 1-year-old horses, and 37.5% for foals.
Horse owner Jane Evans of Rhuddlan says she has been 'treated like a leper' by the equine community after her gelding Herbie (inset) caught the feared disease of strangles
Main picture: ROBERT PARRY JONES
Morris, who is understood to be pleased with how the situation has been handled since the case came to light last week, added: "Strangles is a nasty disease, but the big thing is that trainers shouldn't be penalised for being vigilant.
The last strangles scare to hit racing was five years ago when two cases were found at a livery yard near Epsom ten days before the Derby.
STRANGLES is the most commonly diagnosed infectious equine disease in the world.
"Strangles is contagious only by contact, and as there is no crossover of staff between us and Kingwood Stud, I'm hopeful we will not have a problem."
An outbreak of strangles is rare within racing, but there was a case in the Lambourn area in 2000 in a horse imported from Ireland by Charles Egerton.
With the help of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, he and other researchers have been able to compare the DNA of the virulent bacterium Streptococcus equi, which causes strangles, with that of the closely related but generally harmless Streptococcus zooepidemicus.
The Princess Royal opened the meeting, held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, by describing her own experience with an outbreak of strangles in her stables.